What is Integrative Medicine?
How do I get information about your alternative medicine program at the University of Arizona?
Most medical schools are sorely deficient in resources on Integrative Medicine, and rarely incorporate alternative medicine or mind/body interactions into their curriculums. That is starting to change, though, as the medical establishment becomes aware of the concrete benefits these disciplines have to offer - and as the public demands more from doctors.
Recently, the University of California at San Francisco established a center for teaching and research on alternative medicine. The National Institutes of Health have funded eight centers for research on alternative health: the University of Virginia, the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, Columbia University, University of Texas, Harvard Medical School, Minneapolis Medical Research Center, Bastyr University, University of Maryland, UC Davis, and Stanford University. These universities also offer courses in this subject area.
This research will provide extremely useful data on the mechanisms and usefulness of the methods of integrative medicine. It will also expose many medical students to the discipline.
But there are still very few resources available for physicians and other primary-care practitioners who are finished with medical school. The University of Arizona in Tucson, where I teach, is expanding its offerings in this area with a new program that I'll be directing. We're aiming our resources toward doctors, nurses, pharmacists, medical students, and physicians in practice who would like to expand their knowledge of medicine for an integrative approach.
In the Program in Integrative Medicine, we will teach physicians to practice integrative medicine and to research the theories and methods of alternative systems of treatment. They'll also learn how to distinguish between the fruitful and the fanciful. We'll be training physicians to recognize weak ideas and worthless medical practices in any discipline.
The professional development and continuing medical education activities begin in January. Medical doctors and osteopathic doctors may apply to our fellowship program, which starts in July 1997. There will also be some conferences and activities for the general public. Our clinic will open in August 1997.
Core subjects in the curriculum will include the philosophy of science and the scientific basis of treatment methods, the history of medicine from ayurveda to energy medicine, healing-oriented medicine and the nature of the body's healing system, mind/body interactions and how to activate healing through them, the spiritual dimensions of human life and their relevance to healing, nutritional medicine and the contributions of diet to health and disease, botanical medicine, and energy-based medicine. Participants in the program will be able to train in interactive guided imagery, medical acupuncture, basic homeopathy, and osteopathic manipulative therapy.
In the meantime, visit the program's homepage, which will continue to grow over the next several months.